Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – South Caribbean Region, Costa Rica

Brace yourself! This region will overwhelm you with its warm sea breezes, misty mountains, crashing surf and living coral reefs. In the South Caribbean you can try your luck at the famous Salsa Brava surf break, the best break on Costa Rica‘s Caribbean side.

This side of the country is known for its laid-back, chill-out atmosphere. Here you can indulge in swinging in a hammock or hanging out on the beach and experience what relaxation really means!

Learn more about the beaches of Costa Rica.

Punta Uva

Where Is It?

Southwest Costa Rica along the Atlantic coast, from Limon to the Panamanian border.


Warm, humid and wet.
Average temperature 81°F with 87-90% humidity

Places To Be


This is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the calm, untouched beaches, wake up to the sounds of wildlife, watch the sun rise over the horizon, swim with the tropical fish or spend the day with sloths.


…..*Cahuita National Park
…..*Aviaros Del Caribe Wildlife Refuge – The only Sloth Rescue Center in the world!
…..*Diving & Snorkeling: Over 600 acres of coral lurks including 35 individual species of coral and 128 species of algae
…..*Chocolate Tour: Go on a chocolate plantation tour and indulge in your weakness!

Puerto Viejo

It is known as the central hub of activity in the South Caribbean region. The town is surrounded by tropical rainforests with a unique Caribbean and traveler friendly culture. So if you are looking for relaxation and adventure. Oh and remember to check out the cool shops and street vendors selling everything.


…..*Bribri Reservation Tour: Meet the indigenous BriBri at their Reservation
…..*Surf the notorious Salsa Brava
…..*Eat at any of the exotic restaurants and try a flavorful Caribbean dish



On the other hand if you are looking for peace and quiet this is your place. Here you will be one with nature. The clear waters and pristine beaches of this great place are the besto for all kinds of water activities and some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica.


…..*Gandoca – Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
…..*Dive and snorkel the crystal blue waters and check out the coral reefs – some are located right off shore!

So Much To See in the South Caribbean Region!


Aprende más sobre las playas de Costa Rica.

…..*Cahuita’s Playa Negra
…..*Cahuita’s Playa Blanca
…..*Cahuita Point
…..*Puerto Viejo’s Playa Negra
…..*Playa Cocles
…..*Playa Chiquita
…..*Playa Punta Uva
…..*Playa Manzanillo


Museums and Gardens

…..*Bribri Reservation
…..*Butterfly Gardens
…..*Cacao Trails
…..*Chocolate Farm Tours

Parks & Reserves

…..*Aviarios del Caribe Wildlife Refuge Sloth Rescue Center
…..*Cahuita National Park
…..*Gandoca   Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
…..*La Amistad International Park – one of the richest ecological biospheres in Central America with at least 8 life zones and it expands all the way into Panama.
…..*La Ceiba Private Reserve


…..*Volio Waterfall

So Much To Do in the South Caribbean Region!

Nature Activities

…..*Bird and Wildlife Viewing
…..*Diving and Snorkeling
…..*Adventure & Recreational Activities
…..*Canopy Tours
…..*Horseback Riding
…..*Sea Kayaking
…..*Sport Fishing
…..*Swimming at Waterfalls
…..*Whitewater Rafting & Tubing

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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